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 Industry News


Ontario allowing employers to fire workers without cause
Toronto Star
In Ontario, not a single worker is protected from wrongful dismissal under the Employment Standards Act. Hit with the flu and can't make it into the office? Consider sucking it up, because chances are you won't get paid. You'll be lucky to keep your job, in fact. Have to put in extra hours one week to get the job done? Whatever you do, don't expect overtime pay. Or even to get paid at all.
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Smoking bylaws will affect park events
Guelph Mercury
New smoking regulations could see a smoking ban enforced at some city events like Ribfest and Canada Day festivities at Riverside Park, as well as around the Market Square splash pad even when its not in use. The provincial government's Smoke-Free Ontario Act, which is largely aimed at protecting people from second-hand smoke, came into effect Jan. 1, this year and municipal sports fields and splash pads are two of the places the act bans smoking, even if those locations are not being used for sporting or splash pad purposes.
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Why are the Ontario Liberals gutting their own political advertising law?
The Globe and Mail
Once upon a time, there was a Conservative government that used public money to create campaign-style ads — ads tilted toward the governing political party, but paid for by taxpayers. Anyone could see this was anti-democratic and ethically problematic, but it wasn't illegal. The Liberal opposition campaigned on a pledge to pass a law outlawing the practice. The Liberals won the election, and fulfilled their promise. And now, a decade later, they are trying to un-fulfill it, by gutting their own law.
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Ontario principal advised students not to dress 'skanky'
CBC News
A high school principal from Guelph, ON, says he was simply trying to send a "strong message" about dressing appropriately when he used the word "skanky" to describe what type of style students should be avoiding. Scot Bishop, the principal of Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute, reportedly used the word during a public address recently.
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Taxi drivers swarm downtown core in protest of Uber
Toronto Star
Most of the time, at least in this city, the taxi industry is divided into two camps. There are those who oppose what they say is an unfair two-tiered system and those who are aggressively fighting to maintain it. The often sit at city council on opposite sides, wearing different coloured t-shirts that clearly define the us-versus-them mentality.
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Ontario craft distillers seek changes to cumbersome laws that date back to Prohibition
Financial Post
Ontario craft distillers say they feel they're being unfairly singled out by Prohibition-era laws that don't apply to their fellow beer and winemakers. While it's a relatively straightforward process for small breweries and vineyards to set up shop and sell small-batch, specialized products to consumers, those looking to do the same for spirits face a thicket of complicated regulations and taxes, said distiller Barry Bernstein.
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  PRODUCT SHOWCASES
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Association Management Portal
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Toronto council relaxes restrictions on food trucks
Toronto Star
Toronto's latest attempt to give people delicious food truck options passed with a healthy side of optimism. Council voted 43-1 to reduce the distance that food trucks must stay away from restaurants, from 50 metres to 30 metres. City staff say the change will open up hundreds of on-street "pay-and-display" spots for mobile vendors.
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 Management Resources


Why people thrive in coworking spaces
HBR
There seems to be something special about coworking spaces. As researchers who have, for years, studied how employees thrive, we were surprised to discover that people who belong to them report levels of thriving that approach an average of 6 on a 7-point scale. This is at least a point higher than the average for employees who do their jobs in regular offices, and something so unheard of that we had to look at the data again.
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How to get employees excited to do their work
HBR
What keeps you up at night as a manager? Are you worried about hitting your numbers? How to boost the results of lower performers? What about how to keep top performers motivated? We often believe that the most effective way to respond to these concerns is to directly tell our employees what to do. Directing a team is certainly one way to achieve your goals. But while it's tried, it's also tired. Several trends suggest that it's no longer enough to lead by authority.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


New IMFG Research Papers

The Institute for Municipal Finance and Governance, housed within the Munk School, released two new research reports on property taxation and inter-municipal cooperation. You can find the reports here.
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Bill 100, Supporting Ontario's Trails Act

The government introduced Bill 100, the proposed Supporting Ontario's Trails Act, which is designed to solve many long-standing trail issues.
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Bill 99, Safer Roads and Safer Communities Act

Bill 99, the proposed Safer Roads and Safer Communities Act was introduced last week as a private members bill. Amongst other things, Bill 99 would make way for the use of safety cameras in construction zones.
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Update from the Registrar General on Vital Documents

The Registrar General has announced several changes to the way that original documents are handled. You can read about these changes here.
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AMCTO Voters' List Survey

AMCTO is currently evaluating a series of options to fix the voters' list for municipal elections in Ontario and we are hoping to hear from our members and the sector on the best way forward. This brief survey, which will take between 3 – 5 minutes to complete, will help to inform our advocacy on this issue going forward.
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Municipal Leadership Survey

As part of a new book on local government leadership to be published in 2016 by Municipal World, AMCTO, Municipal World and Gord Hume have come together to conduct a cross-Canada survey on the opinions on elected and administrative leaders for Canada's towns and cities. We invite you to complete this survey by clicking here.
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 Upcoming Municipal Events

Date Event Location
May 20-22 Ontario Municipal Administrators’ Association spring workshop Niagara on the Lake ON
May 21-23 International Conference on the Study of Canada Peterborough ON
May 27-28 21st Annual Conference on Provincial Municipal Government Liability Toronto ON
May 31 - June 3 Municipal Information Systems Association of Canada Ontario annual conference and trade show London ON
Spring - Summer 2015 AMCTO AODA 10th Anniversary Celebration Events
June 7-10 AMCTO's Annual Conference Thunder Bay ON



 Municipal Career Opportunities

Norfolk County - 2 General Manager Positions

Town of Perth - Director of Community Services

City of Niagara Falls - Project Manager

Town of Innisfil - Customer Service Representative

City of Guelph - Program Manager Open Government


 


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